- "Bhikkhus, as to the source through which perceptions and notions tinged by mental proliferation beset a man: if nothing is found there to delight in, welcome and hold to, this is the end of the underlying tendency to lust, of the underlying tendency to aversion, of the underlying tendency to views, of the underlying tendency to doubt, of the underlying tendency to conceit, of the underlying tendency to desire for being, of the underlying tendency to ignorance; this is the end of resorting to
rods and weapons, of quarrels, brawls, disputes, recrimination, malice, and false speech; here these evil unwholesome states cease without remainder." (MN18, Bodhi).
I also feel this is true for suffering. If one still welcomes happiness, no trouble, comfort, no pain, or if one delights in this, my experience is, there is no end of unwholesome states. It is like the Dhamma never works.
I feel this is a real struggle. Who wants to be sick, have pain, decay, meet all kind of discomfort and unpleasant feelings etc. But that is also part of life. But that same longing keeps one in a state of trouble, a state of expectation, hope and fear what will happen, a state of like and dislike , a state of agitation, anxious.
I know, Buddha does not promise the end of pain, trouble, unpleasant feeling, sickness, decay but still it is not easy to practise in a way without the expactation of the ending of that actual suffering.
But i can see the above texts is true. If one delights in the freedom of suffering, freedom of painful feeling, in the absence of discomfort and trouble, welcomes it, holds it, nothing seems to fundamentally change because the mentallity does not really change. There does not come an end to like and dislike. No end to anusaya. No end to agitation and anxiousness.